posted on May, 2 2013 @ 09:47 AM
The YF-117A (Article 783) was de-militarized for museum display at the Blackbird Airpark. That means they scraped off all the radar absorbent material
(RAM) and removed radar absorbent structures. During initial restoration, these were replaced with other materials which were not ideally suited to
the local weather conditions. High winds and extreme temperatures caused sufficient damage that the curator decided to move the airplane to Edwards
for indoor display. It is currently in a hangar awaiting repair, and there is as yet no space in the Air Force Flight Test Museum facility. Money is
being raised to build a new museum complex outside the west gate at Edwards.
The D-21B at the Airpark is due for a new paint job, and the museum staff hopes to repaint the A-12 prototype, as well.